Why did you choose your programme of study?
I decided to study the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy because it is an exciting field of law. Especially the focus on the digital economy and relevant issues relating to the internet make this course so up to date. This focus distinguished it from other IP LLMs in the UK.
Also the fact that this particular LLM was taught in a very small group (less than ten students) made it very interesting and challenging for me since I was used to sitting in lectures of more than 100 students and no interaction between students and Professors whatsoever.
What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
Everyone emphasises how friendly and helpful teaching as well as administrative staff is. And it is simply true. Whatever issues arise, the staff was always available to help out.
Also, the School of Law has its own small library which allows students to study in a more familiar atmosphere than the huge University Library.
What did you like the most?
I highly appreciated the discussions that arose in some of the classes. I had the feeling that teachers and students were discussing on an equal level and that the Professor was not just lecturing “from above”.
Also it was a lot of fun and culturally interesting to study with other students from around the world. Everyone’s input from their home countries made the seminars very multi-cultural and international. You do not only get an impression of the UK and European perspective, but also possibly the Indian, Chinese or Greek one.
I also liked the variety of assignments. Depending on the course and its structure you were writing academic essays on a specific topic of your choice, problem-based exams or presentations.
How was your academic experience?
Most of all, I enjoyed the openness of the teaching staff. They were very approachable and helpful e.g. in finding a topic for the final masters’ thesis and discussing the progress. Also, especially in the IP LLM, I had the feeling that the Professors deliberately give you freedom to write and discuss about issues of one’s interest. It was not a strictly fixed schedule, but instead there was a lot of room to individually talk about contemporary issues of the student’s choice. Hence, I had the feeling that the students’ interests were appreciated and incorporated in the seminars.
Throughout the year, the staff organised several meetings and discussions with practicing lawyers, guest speakers or other people in the IP business. We, the students, could get a broad insight into the field from a practical perspective.
What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
Glasgow is a fun place to live! People are in general very friendly (although sometimes very hard to understand due to the broad Glaswegian accent). So is the city. The University is located in the heart of the West End, where many restaurants, bars, pubs etc. are right around the corner. Also the city centre offers everything a student can ask for. Shopping, dining, clubbing… I personally lived in one of the University owned student accommodations in the city centre and had a great time meeting new friends from around the world.
One should keep in mind that the decision where to study an LLM should not only be based on the “hard facts” of what credentials a University provides and what programmes it offers etc. but it should also involve some thoughts about the city you will spend one year, since – fortunately – you will not spend all day every day in the library! And Glasgow scores on both these areas. On the one side it has a very beautiful, old campus with some impressive architecture, the classes are small and the staff are very motivated, and on the other side it has great parks and nightlife and the highlands are just a few miles away.
How do you feel your Programme helped you with your career plans?
The IP staff is eager in combining the academic and the practical side of IP law. They offer the possibility to get placements at Glaswegian law firms which allows you to get an insight from the practical point of view.
Also, the University advertises and promotes career events of international law firms. In my case, the University established a contact with an international law firm in Germany which subsequently led to a job once I was back.
What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
Compare different LLM programmes particularly regarding their class and seminar sizes. In Glasgow, there are no more than 20-25 students in one seminar. With such small numbers, you get way more out of each seminar and you are more involved in discussions.
Also, Glasgow is quite affordable. Tuition fees as well as living expenses are not as high as in other major cities in the UK.
Cem Abanazir, Turkey (2014-15)
'In my opinion the University of Glasgow has all the virtues of a top class university. It boasts strong historical roots, a progressive approach, a research oriented educational model, a well-regarded academic staff and the perfect student community. Just like the City of Glasgow, the university is vibrant and welcoming. Despite the fact that I had never lived abroad and had concerns with regard to adapting to a foreign culture, both the student community and the people of Glasgow have made me feel at home. A wide range of societies and sports clubs also help create a friendly atmosphere which brings people from different cultures together for a common cause, be it having fun or trying to make a positive impact in the world. Cultural and sporting activities in the city or within close proximity of it surely add to the experience of living in Glasgow. I can easily claim that applying for the University of Glasgow and especially my LLM programme is the best decision I have ever made.'
Priscila de Avila Cossa, Brazil (2014-15)
'It is hard to describe in words how wonderful is to be a student at the University of Glasgow: its infrastructure is outstanding; the course is very interesting and challenging; the staff are welcoming; the professors are highly recommended and supportive; and the experience of studying in such a renowned university is splendid. Besides the educational field, the university hosts students from all over the world, which is a great experience for any international student, like myself. Also, its charm is unique: every day I found a new path, angle or building that surprises me more about its beauty.
Glasgow is equally very interesting. There are expositions, museums, theaters, cinemas, pubs and events offered all year, and the people are friendly.
In summary, I could not have made a better choice than deciding to live in Glasgow and study in such a prestigious university.'
Johannes Marl, Germany (2014-2015)
'After having spent a year in Glasgow, I would definitely say that the University of Glasgow is the perfect location to do an LLM course in Intellectual Property Law.
First of all, the programme and the courses are exciting and taught by great staff. Everyone at the university is very supportive. As a foreign student, I always felt very welcome. The support and personal assistance offered both by the academic and administrative staff is extraordinary and certainly a special feature of the University of Glasgow. Another great aspect of the Glasgow LLM: you get to know people (and make friends) from all around the world, thus making the LLM year a hugely valuable lifetime experience.
In addition to the university, Glasgow is a wonderful city to live in, especially the West End. There are countless great pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as nice shops, beautiful streets and really nice parks. The River Kelvin adds a natural, almost wild vein to the city that is great for walking, jogging and spending some outdoor time right in the middle of town. Also, Glaswegians are usually really friendly, helpful and welcoming. I have actually not felt a stranger at all! Besides, Glasgow is a perfect gateway to the rest of Scotland and the UK.
Finally, the weather: it can get wet, but especially in Autumn and Spring it is usually much better than you will expect! Do not leave your shorts and t-shirts at home, you will need them in Glasgow...'
Phi Samakkimit, Thailand (2014-2015)
'Intellectual Property Law is the law of technology. Similar to printing machines which have caused the public to be aware of copyrights, the internet and other recent innovations which urge us to develop new legal concepts such as trademarks and patents. As Intellectual Property Law and technology are indivisible, to understand the former, we need to understand the latter at the same time. The University of Glasgow offers the programme that meets this need. The LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy gives a range of choices which cover contemporary concerns. Studying in the UK which forms part of the EU, international staff and colleagues open opportunities to participate in debates taking place in every continent. The syllabuses are carefully designed to enhance students’ research skills. There are many activities, club (i.e. the IP society) and internships available for us to take part. Moreover, the academic ranking and profound history make sure the University of Glasgow is never overlooked.
Being an international student is not easy. However, the university provides special support for us. Right from visa, studying and personal issues, they are here to assist. The university is located in the West End where you can find many international cuisines. So, whenever we miss home, our traditional food always helps. The city, especially the West End, is renowned for colourful nightlife. But even if you are interested in architecture, nature and history rather than nightlife, then Glasgow is also your answer. The university itself makes me feel like I am studying in Hogwarts due to its neo-gothic designs. There are many museums, even one fits in the university’s main building. The Kelvingrove Park located at the foothill of university gives us a green space. I am really enjoying studying in Glasgow. After my graduation and the new chapter of my life begins, I will be confident of graduating from the University of Glasgow because I know how much I have learnt. Having the degree on my CV will definitely certify my capability.'
Nino Tsaturova, Georgia (2014-2015)
'I was studying law and working in a law firm after graduation in Georgia. Soon after entering the legal world, I cultivated a passion for Intellectual Property Law. My attraction to the subject was influenced by the intriguing complexities of the field which transcends the traditional frames of law and touched on the spheres of my great interests in music, art and technology. An appreciation of the importance of a quality education led me to the University of Glasgow. Here you have a great opportunity to study the subject of your interest in a perfect environment. Glasgow is a wonderful city to live in, with a lot of events happening every day. You may hear a lot about the bad weather in Scotland. But, believe me, coming from a sunny country like me, you will value each sunny day and enjoy it like you never did in your country!'
Junyi Hao, China (2013-14)
'The University of Glasgow is one of the best universities in the UK. I really enjoy the profound history of this place. The programme I chose is exactly the field I want to dig into. In addition, there’re plenty of opportunities to secure a scholarship here.
Intellectual property law is always the field I am crazy about. And the University of Glasgow is one of the very few universities that offer programmes in relation to the intellectual property law in a digital era. Plus, the School of Law has the very leading scholars in this new intellectual property field. That’s why I choose both the programme and the University of Glasgow. The courses focus on the latest issues in the intellectual property law field. Most of the issues we’ve discussed remain pending. It is joyful to witness any milestone as well as what is happening in the current intellectual property law field.
Glasgow is a very beautiful city with tons of interesting things to do. The whole city is like a big garden. There’re lots of exciting events throughout the whole year. Most museums and galleries are free, People in Glasgow are extremely nice as well. I really enjoy my time in Glasgow.
A University of Glasgow degree is the perfect business card for me to sell myself to the legal world. I believe such education background would add extra points to my legal career.'
Eva Bogaerts, Netherlands (2013-14)
'The University of Glasgow is an amazing place to study not just because of its fairytale castle-like building, the professors, law library and university staff, but also because the opportunity to interact with other students from various countries provides a source of inspiration and motivation. If one ever feels the need to escape studying, the city of Glasgow has so much to offer. One can relax in one of the parks, do great shopping in the city centre, visit any of the museums and at night either visit one of the university unions’ parties or go out into the city centre with its many pubs and clubs. And as if that is not enough, Glasgow has great transportation to any of the idyllic towns where one can get away from the city life and find oneself surrounded by the stunning Scottish nature. So…Glasgow is an amazing place to live and the University of Glasgow is an even more amazing place to study.'
Joao Camara, Portugal (2013-14)
'Studying and living in Glasgow has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Both the city and the university have a unique environment. I am fortunate to be studying in a course among people with many different nationalities, which is fantastic in order to share experiences with people with completely different backgrounds from mine. Also, the staff are very approachable and supportive, which is great in terms of integration and motivation. The weather might not be the best, as many say, but the city's unique and vibrant environment and community surely make up for it.'
Liberty Campbell-lochrie, United Kingdom (2013-14)
'Having lived in all the major cities in Scotland I would definitely say that the people of Glasgow are by far the friendliest. Studying in Glasgow has exposed me to a wide range of new experiences, from social, to cultural, to academic, both within the university and beyond and I have met some great people along the way.'
Juvenal Nsengimana, Rwanda (2013-14)
'University of Glasgow = Learning, and more above learning. 1. Good taught programmes objectively designed to meet the students’ expectations 2. Competent and supportive lecturers 3. Sharing various experiences from different countries all over the world / International university where you can get your mind open to the whole world 4. Glasgow people = more than kind and friendly 5. Glasgow = the city with a very rich cultural heritage featured especially in architecture. But before you decide: 1. Scottish accent especially for non English native people 2. Hardworking, but worthy in the academic world 3. Expensive, but worth it for a valuable cause. After all: Be sure you will leave proud of yourself.'
Aniket Pradhan, India (2013-14)
'I came from India and always wanted to study in the UK. The University of Glasgow is one of the most renowned international universities with incredible history and a high academic reputation. However, I chose the University of Glasgow mainly because of the programme, it offered. It was exactly what I was looking for, LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy. The university offers a wide range of scholars who teach this programme. They provide you with a truly international environment and the objective and detailed feedback that you receive on research, assignments / coursework and class presentations is extremely valuable. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to study and do research independently; being exposed to the different perspectives of my peers; and participating in the university's numerous and varied range of academic activities. The small class sizes lead to beneficial and pleasant interactions. The supportive professors and multicultural friends are the best features of student life here. I have also had a very pleasant experience while interacting with the administration at the university who truly care for the students. Glasgow is by far the friendliest city I have ever been to. The people here are very loving, kind and always eager to help with a smile. I have enjoyed interacting with Glaswegians and also learning from them about their rich heritage and culture. From Glasgow, travel is also extremely easy around Scotland, the UK and continental Europe. I would highly recommend coming to the University of Glasgow to study. Regardless of the programme you enter, the university provides a top notch education to prepare you for the world beyond university life and the experiences and friendships you gain while living in such a fantastic city will last for a lifetime.'
Sheona Burrow, United Kingdom (2012-13)
'I am probably biased because I grew up in Glasgow but as an adult returning after 10 years away I still think Glasgow is a friendly buzzing city with lots to offer everyone. The University of Glasgow is a great place to study. There is plenty of postgraduate specific space for meeting and studying. The LLM programme offers opportunities to meet with all the LLM students, rather than those just on your programme. The staff are friendly and helpful. The sports facilities are also good, with the gym and swimming pool being located on campus. I joined the tennis club - which has been brilliant. It is also quite easy to get a train to different parts of Scotland or even to London and other parts of the UK.'
Flora Hachemi, France (2012-13)
'Not only would I recommend the LLM programme at the University of Glasgow as one of high quality, the city itself is one of the best places I have had the opportunity to live. The West End, where the university is, is a charming and exciting neighbourhood where there is always something going on - and only a stone throw away from the city centre and its many many shops and concert venues!'
Calum Slater, United Kingdom (2012-13)
'With the launch of CREATe it is an excellent time to study Intellectual Property Law in Glasgow. My experience of the taught LLM programme has been first-rate. I think it accommodates equally well those with a background in Intellectual Property and newcomers; part and full time students; and those whose eyes are on legal practice and more abstract concerns. I have commuted from Edinburgh, and particularly handy is the subway connecting Glasgow city centre to the university in minutes. The campus is both ancient and modern, and everything is well situated. Although people from Edinburgh might not often admit it, Glasgow really is the friendly, lively city that Glaswegians claim, and I have completely fallen for the West End. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Programme and city to anyone.'
Philip Van Der Weijde, Netherlands (2012-13)
'Studying the LLM in Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy has been a pleasant experience from the very beginning. The support of both teaching and administrative staff contributes to a great learning environment; as well do the excellent library facilities and the beautiful campus. Teaching takes place in small groups, which enables you to actively engage in discussions with professors and your fellow students. Throughout the year the university is very keen on organising various events in which you have to opportunity to get to know other students and Glasgow as a city. Besides the excellent university Glasgow offers a vibrant nightlife, friendly people and amazing landscape just on your doorstep.'